With the Playoffs underway and the Stanley Cup taking center stage, there hasn't been too much talk in Islander Country of what to expect at the draft or next season. It's been pretty quiet, and I'll admit I've been waiting for some news, good news in particular...and it seems that I'm still waiting.
Wade Dubielewicz will hit the open market
It was stated in Newsday that the reason why DP played so many games this season was due to the fact that Dubie was not in the best of shape, forcing the coaching staff to sit Wade for most of the season and ultimately burning out Ricky for his season to end early.
Does anyone else not buy that? After hearing Nolan state over and over all season long that Ricky is "always raring to go," I find it very hard to believe that DP's overwhelming amount of playing time was Dubie's fault. In addition, at the end of the season via Islanders TV, Nolan flat out said that Ricky did choose when he would and would not play for the majority of the games.
When hearing that come directly from the coaches mouth I find it VERY hard to believe that they started DP because Dubie was out of shape, especially since the head coach admitted that they let their egotistical goaltender call the shots.
Don't get me wrong, I think Ricky is a great goaltender and is on his way to becoming one of the best, but the coaching staff has to be firm with him. He may be signed to a 15-year contract, but this is not his team; it's Snow and Nolan's.
To me this looks like a case of the inmates running the asylum and the head care takers are pointing fingers to avoid the blame.
Sure, they offered Dubie a contract, but it contained a 2-way clause because Joey MacDonald has a one-way contract for next year.
So let's get this straight everyone. Management and the coaching staff both stated that Ricky will not be playing as many games next year and that they plan on letting the backup goaltender handle at least 20 games or so, and instead of keeping Dubie to a one-way deal - the goalie who literally carried us on his back into the playoffs last year and finished this season with a strong outing and solid numbers - we're going to let a minor league goaltender with limited NHL experience have the spot.
Sure, it hasn't been announced that MacDonald will be our backup goalie, but with all this emphasis being placed on youth and Joey being pretty young himself, I don't see the Isles attempting to sign someone like Kolzig or Joseph, and they shouldn't. It seems like all fingers are pointing towards Joey Mac, and right now I can't say I'm fond of this.
To be honest, I'm incredibly frustrated. It seems that this organization continues to insult the ones who play their hearts out for this team.
If Joey MacDonald is the back-up, I will support him because I want this team to win, but letting Dubie go is definitely a shame.